• Vintage Film Posters and Film  auction at Christies

    Sale 5872

    Vintage Film Posters and Film Memorabilia

    24 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 455

    James Bond Warhead, 1978

    Price Realised  

    James Bond Warhead, 1978
    Maurice George Carter (1913-2000)
    Very rare original concept artwork, watercolour, titled on mount, Int. Statue of Liberty. Underground Chamber 'BOND', artwork signed and dated M.G. Carter. 78; the artwork depicts a chamber containing a dock within which there is a submarine, and a robot 'Hammerhead' shark hanging above on a simple pulley-system -- overall - 22x16in. (56x41cm.), sight 17.5x10.5in. (44x27cm.) framed


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    In the James Bond film that never was, Sean Connery, as James Bond was to battle a robot shark in the New York sewers. The script tells a dramatic story in which the mysterious disappearance of planes in the Bermuda Triangle is work of the criminal organisation SPECTRE. They are intent on causing havoc by exploding a nuclear warhead under New York's Wall Street, delivered by a robotic Hammerhead shark, via the city's sewer network. Unfortunately the film was never to be made due to a bitter and complicated legal battle.
    This is the only known piece of original concept artwork for Warhead that has come on to the market that Christie's are aware of.
    Maurice George Carter (1913-2000), British Director and Production Designer was twice nominated for an Oscar; Becket (1964) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). His other credits include: The Bad Lord Byron (1949), The Frightened City (1961), Genghis Khan (1965), Battle of Britain (1969), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), amongst others.

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    Literature

    SELLERS, Robert The Battle For Bond, Sheffield, 2007: Tomahawk Press, pp.128-129, 133 and plates pp.176-177 (illus.)